The time has come! You can officially stop looking for the best training and diet program! How exciting is that? No more kooky diet books. No more training and diet gurus. No more false, empty promises. No more cutting out foods that you love. First, let’s look at what pitfalls and traps you may have been falling into…
You decide you want to lose weight so one week you cut out all gluten because you heard that gluten is making you fat. Yes, that must be why you’re overweight. But nothing changes. Next you decide it must be the dairy that’s keeping you overweight, so you cut that out too. But nothing changes. Maybe it’s your workout. You’ve been on this training program for a whole two weeks, BUT NOTHING IS CHANGING! Ugh! The frustration of it all!
You’re looking for an easy way out. You’re looking for the special secret or the magical path. Well, I have the secret… but it’s not sexy and it’s not new.
You’re overcomplicating things.
You’re not focusing on consistency in the basics.
So boring, right? Well, yeah, that’s the reality of long-term, sustainable physique changes. It’s slow, it can be miserable, and short-term results can be pretty lackluster. Every day you get up and just put one foot in front of the other, following the basic rules, and one day you wake up and have somehow hit your goal!
There are no miracle foods. There are no miracle supplements. There are no miracle workouts. And yes, while WHAT you eat is important for fat loss, muscle gain, or whatever your goal is, but HOW MUCH you eat is very important too. And you know what? Americans are really, really bad at estimating how many calories they’re eating. Like underestimating-by-40%-bad…
As promised here’s your: Miracle Diet Plan!
- Start writing down everything you eat in a day. EVERY DAMN THING! (If you’re not seeing results with your current “plan” or lack there of.)
- If you’re currently eating a lot of processed, packaged, junky food and not seeing results, switch to more nutritious, whole foods. (You should do this regardless of body composition goals…)
- If you’re currently “eyeballing” your food intake and not seeing results, start using measuring cups or hand measurements.
- If you’re currently using measuring cups or hand measurements and not seeing results, start using a food scale. (Trust me, it’s a wake up call. Your measuring cups are lying to you…)
And here’s your: Miracle Training Plan!
- Get up and move.
- If you’re currently jumping from workout program to workout program and not getting results, choose ONE damn program and STICK TO IT! (Unless your program really does suck…)
These are the basics. I’m not even going to get into what to eat. You generally know what’s healthy. You generally know what’s not healthy. You know you should be eating healthy most of the time and not healthy very little of the time. Now you just have to do it. You know you should be getting exercise, so just get up and move. I don’t care what it is. The key here is to start doing SOMETHING and do it CONSISTENTLY. Eat relatively healthy CONSISTENTLY. Eat according to your goals CONSISTENTLY. Move according to your goals CONSISTENTLY. It really is a simple formula. But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy.
Being consistent day in and day out is the challenge. Like I said earlier, it’s boring, it’s dull, and results can be slow to come. But isn’t every diet that way after the first week? At first you jump into it with the excitement and fervor of a giddy child, but after the first week or two you’re ready to throw in the towel. This is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful people; their willingness to endure. So don’t make it harder on yourself by religiously cutting out all gluten, dairy, carbs, or whatever your diet guru is telling you (unless you have a real, genuine sensitivity to something.)
*I would like to emphasize that I don’t think calorie counting and weighing or measuring food is necessarily an extremely long-term lifestyle approach. It can become overwhelming and it’s important to learn how to read the natural cues that your body is giving you in terms of hunger and nutrient needs. However, I feel like many have lost that sense of what it feels like to truly be hungry and in NEED of food. Counting and measuring for a while can help reign in your eating habits and can potentially be quite an eye-opener for those who are trying to lose, maintain, or gain weight. BUT a more intuitive approach to eating should be the ultimate goal.*
I hope this was somewhat of a wake-up call for some of you who have a tendency to hop from diet to diet and workout to workout. You’re just never going to see results that way. Find a plan that works for you and that you ENJOY, stick with it, and just keep sticking with it.